What are the best lenses for street photography?


One of the essential elements of photography is composition. In Street Photography, this is all the more important because it helps portray the character of the subject without distortion. Street photography involves getting close to the subject without changing their behavior. For this, you can use prime lenses or super zoom lenses depending on the situation.

Superzoom lenses

You use superzoom lenses from a far-off place. The subject remains framed by a soft focus background that highlights the important characteristic of either the surrounding or the subject.

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM full frame – Price: £1,900
  • Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II APS-C – Price: £585

Prime lenses

Prime lenses are the main lenses used in photography. This is because they produce the most natural pictures of the subject. The 50 mm lenses resemble the vision of the human eye because the focal length is almost the same.

50 mm

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM full frame – Price: £1,900
  • Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II APS-C – Price: £585

The second type of prime lens is the 35 mm lens. This helps you go close to the subject and get close-up photos.

35 mm

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM full frame – Price: £1,900
  • Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II APS-C – Price: £585

Tips for using the DSLR camera

Aperture settings

The aperture is the hole in the front of the lens that allows light into the camera. You adjust this by the f-stop number. Bigger the f-stop number, the smaller will be the aperture. So, you have the f/2.0 or the f/2.8 meaning the f-stop is 2.0 in the first case and 2.8 in the second. The amount of light will remain more in the first case.

You also have Aperture Priority denoted by Tv or S. The shutter priority is a semi-automatic shooting mode that helps you set the shutter speed as slow or fast. If you need to take the picture of a fast action, you use the fast shutter speed (such as 1/4000th of a second) to avoid blurring the picture. The next is the P mode or the program mode. This is a halfway mark between the semi-automatic and manual mode. In this mode, you adjust either one say the shutter speed or the aperture. The Program P will adjust the other one automatically.

The manual mode M is for full manual control of the camera. You have to set the aperture and the shutter speed by yourself.

The ISO setting helps you set the amount of light that reaches the sensor in the camera. The ISO setting has either a high value such as 6400 ISO or low setting such as 100 ISO. The low setting will allow only a low amount of light into the camera. If you use the low ISO setting, you must use a slow shutter speed to allow more light to enter the camera. If you want to capture fast-moving objects, you use a high setting so you can get a clear picture.

What’s the difference between wide angle, prime, telephoto & macro lens?



What makes photography interesting is the enormous variety you get by way of composition and depth. And yet, these bring make the shoot more challenging for the photographer. If one has the right equipment, it is a simple matter to create a wonderful snap that remains in time for ever. Assuming you have a DSLR camera, the thing that makes the difference now is the lens.

Small and tidy compact cameras

You must understand the compact cameras are point-and-shoot cameras. You cannot change their lens or add a filter. Everything it does is already there. So, you cannot alter the functionality of the camera. First, there are two kinds of lenses – prime and zoom lenses. The simplest way to identify them is to check the numbers used to represent them. The prime lenses have only one number such as 60mm or 100mm.

Two numbers of the zoom lenses

The zoom lenses have two numbers – 18-55mm which means that you can rotate the lens around and move it forward or backward. What happens is that you change the focal length and this helps you ‘move’ closer or away from the subject. Now, compact cameras also have zoom lenses. If you use a prime lens with a DSLR camera, you get the same view all the time. You cannot zoom in or out with the prime lens.

Wide angle lens

The wide angle lens allows you to cover a wide area such as a wide group of people or a building block. The function of a telephoto lens is to capture an object that is far away from you. This is used extensively in wildlife photography. The human eye is between these two ranges. Compact cameras too have a mid-range like this but you can get some pictures that are wider than the normal range just as you can use the zoom to get closer to the object using the compact zoom.

Macro for portrait photography

If you want to get a photo of a subject very close up, you use a macro lens. This may be a zoom lens or a wide angle lens. Usually, it is a mid range lens and moderately telephoto by nature. Nikon 105mm, Canon 60mm, Nikon 60mm, and Olympus 50mm are good examples of macro lenses. The mid-range zooms have a focal length between 17mm and 60mm. You also have tilt and shift lenses that we refer to as specialist lenses. These find use in portrait photography.

Rent your lenses at Qwikgear

The Qwikgear photo equipment rental shop at  Bangalore has terrific cameras, lenses, accessories, and more for use in your photo shoot. They have cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, stands, battery packs, filters, and much more. The rental begins at Rs 600 and goes up to Rs 1,200 per day. You can arrange an entire photo shoot for the day for a couple of thousand dollars. Suppose you have a wedding or a function to attend in  Bangalore, don’t bring your cameras, rent them at Qwikgear.

Tune into the wonderful world of clarity and professionalism by choosing the right lens for the shoot. You can get world-class pictures if you spend some time choosing the lens for your photography.